10 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mtendere Mandowa takes on the “less is more” ethos with his second album released under the Teebs moniker. Where his 2010 debut, Ardour, boasted 18 tracks of near-bliss, 2011’s Collections 01 offers 10 tracks playing totaling just less than 30 minutes. A lonesome tambourine ushers in the opening “Just the Yellow Bits”—a gauzy, keyboard-painted piece punctuated with organic percussion and sublime bass that all come together to remind us that Mandowa was a visual artist before releasing music. “Cook, Clean, Pay the Rent (New House Version)” is a brighter work that blends in cocktail-friendly lounge moods over what sounds like samples of androgynous moaning. “Pretty Polly” is a grayer, rainy-day number that strips it all down to demure female vocals cooing over scratchy looped beats that approximate a heartbeat. At four minutes and 24 seconds, “Verbena Tea with Rebekah Raff” is the album's longest composition. Painting soundscapes with a contrast of harp strings and droning synthesizers, it’s also the most arresting and innovative song here.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mtendere Mandowa takes on the “less is more” ethos with his second album released under the Teebs moniker. Where his 2010 debut, Ardour, boasted 18 tracks of near-bliss, 2011’s Collections 01 offers 10 tracks playing totaling just less than 30 minutes. A lonesome tambourine ushers in the opening “Just the Yellow Bits”—a gauzy, keyboard-painted piece punctuated with organic percussion and sublime bass that all come together to remind us that Mandowa was a visual artist before releasing music. “Cook, Clean, Pay the Rent (New House Version)” is a brighter work that blends in cocktail-friendly lounge moods over what sounds like samples of androgynous moaning. “Pretty Polly” is a grayer, rainy-day number that strips it all down to demure female vocals cooing over scratchy looped beats that approximate a heartbeat. At four minutes and 24 seconds, “Verbena Tea with Rebekah Raff” is the album's longest composition. Painting soundscapes with a contrast of harp strings and droning synthesizers, it’s also the most arresting and innovative song here.

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